The title sounds funny, doesn’t it? The Problem with being saved. You are thinking he lost his mind. Maybe, but hear me out. There are two problems at least with the act of being saved. It is not God’s problem. The church today is divided by many things ranging from the color of the carpet, when to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, or how a person is saved. It is a sad thing for God’s people to be so selfishness involved. Anyway, back to the main point. The first problem with being saved is knowing how a person is saved. The problem is not God, but the people who want to tell others what they must do when in reality of Christ’s certainty all one must do for Heaven’s sake is accept Christ as their Lord.
Mark 16:16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
So many people swear that their church is the only true one, and the way to Heaven is paved with the footprints of just their flock. Mark 16:16 is as true as any verse in God’s Word because it is God’s Word. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved. See, here is the problem. While 16:16 is given as reason why so and so is or is not in Heaven, the end of the verse is left out. But whoever does not believe will be condemned.
Who does not believe is condemned. Does it say he who is not baptized cannot go to heaven? The answer is no.
What is the point then of baptism? Does the act of baptism save a person?
Does it (The water that is sprinkled or immerses you) have
holy power along with the added vitamins? No. Our baptisms that follows
accepting Christ as Savior represents His death when we go into the water. When
we come up, it symbolizes His resurrection, our very salvation. It is symbolic
of our new life with and in Him.
Romans 6:4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
Colossians 2:12 having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.
Here are just a few examples that are plain as it can be that faith in Christ is the only way.
Luke 7:50 Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."
While on the cross, Christ told the thief that called to him as the Lord, “Today, you will be with me in Paradise.
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."
That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
The second problem with being saved is that we as a people backslide. Here are the steps people sometimes take. First, we feel God convicting us. We do as Romans 10:9 says. We confess, but then Satan works overtime on the new Christian and the new Christian is truly an easy target to hit. We as new believers have that fire to spread the Word as is commanded by Christ, but our fires can quickly be put out if we do not strengthen it daily through prayer and study.
So many people come forward at churches to show publicly their faith. Then they show up to Sunday school or worship every so often or not at all. Christ died once for all. That is true because scripture says it is; however, we as His children need to act like it. That means yes, we should have a desire to be in church (worship) when the doors are open. If we are Christian, what excuse can we make or give as to why we are not attending church regularly?
We should have a desire to serve God by doing as He
commanded: Tell others about His Grace and love instead of saying that we love
Christ, that He is our Lord at the same time our thoughts are filled with sin
(due to backsliding, Satan placing stumbling blocks). Sin by the way is
anything that goes against God and His way.
One final note. If a person joins the church as a born again believer, a new creation in Christ, a person calling Christ the Lord, that person is a member of the body (the church, the body of Christ.) Anything a member does reflects the church. That is an entirely different lesson although on how the church is to conduct itself regarding its members, but more times I have heard people say, “I’m not going to that church ‘cause so and so goes there,” Or, “So and so goes to that church, leads the prayers, and goes home and drinks.” You get the idea. In other words, a true believer in Christ will not be morally corrupted by secular desires if that believer is living life for Christ and Christ alone.
We the people of One Savior Who was, is, and is to come God need to pledge our hearts to the Lamb who paid our debt, paved our way from Hell to Heaven. We live our lives through Him and for Him for all the days of our lives. Honor and praise we give Him for all times. He is our beginning and end. Praise be the love, mercy, and Grace of Christ Jesus.